Telephone Conversation between Foreign Ministers of Japan and the United Kingdom regarding the Launch of a Flying Object by North Korea

April 5, 2009

   For about 10 minutes from 6:57 p.m. on April 5, 2009 (JST) Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the U.K., David Miliband held a telephone conversation. The summary of the conversation is as follows;

  1. At the outset, Minister Nakasone stated that it was extremely deplorable that North Korea had conducted the launch despite efforts by concerned countries including the U.K. and Japan, and that the launch cannot be tolerated as it is a threat to the peace and stability of the region and violates the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
  2. In addition, Minister Nakasone stated that Japan appreciated the U.K.’s support for efforts by Japan on this matter. In response, Secretary Miliband stated that the U.K. shared deep concerns and issued a statement that day in which he condemned that the action taken by North Korea bleached the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718 and urged North Korea to commit to engaging with the international partners through the Six Party Talks process. Furthermore, Secretary Miliband stated that the U.K. would support efforts made by concerned countries including Japan and would do its utmost to cooperate. He also stated that it was important to send a strong message to North Korea in the United Nations Security Council.
  3. Both sides agreed to cooperate closely at all levels between Japan and the U.K., including permanent missions to the United Nations in New York.